BART should just replace the strikers

Here is a telling quote via a July 12 article: "We will be prepared for the war that you all have launched on your workforce," Roxanne Sanchez, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told the board. Unless the agency changes its stance at the negotiation table, she said, "We will be prepared for the bloodiest, longest strike since the 1970s."

It is clear this union revels in its power to hold the Bay Area hostage.

Please let's stop negotiating with terrorists. Let's pass a law that prevents taxpayer-supported public goods (no viable commercial competition) from being unionized. And start hiring and training permanent replacement workers now.

There are many people here who would be thrilled to work under the terms offered by BART management.

Russell Fochler

Castro Valley

Objections to BART pay based on envy

Transportation like BART is essential to overpopulated regions like the Bay Area. Why shouldn't its employees be paid well?

I think many of our opinions are based on envy, and not reason or logic. People who luck out and do well are seen by others as money-hungry, self-indulging, uppity, etc.

Why do we covet those who appear to be doing better than us? While we are coveting a relatively small group of people, we really should be focusing on the fact that 15 years from now, the service will be totally inadequate as people continue to move to a place that has no room.


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Dollar signs and the lack thereof seem to have blinded us. When reasonable people become haters, it makes life hellish for all of us.

Gwendolyn Bell

Oakland

How long will city remain impotent?

It is all fine and good for Mayor Jean Quan and various City Council members to express outrage at the barbarism and mindless mayhem that has once again paid visit to our downtown.

It is another to ignore that this city for decades has diminished, demeaned and discredited our police department, and the logical result has been that the thugs, anarchists and unabashed haters of our society have come to town to wreak havoc and destruction upon the innocent and defenseless.

This savagery is a direct result of a hopelessly incompetent public administration long on social engineering and short on grown-up, reality-based, public policy dictates. The mindset within the confines of City Hall has been one of unending tolerance for dissent to a degree that has now morphed into a seemingly endless repository for violence and wanton destruction.

How ostensibly competent and educated adults can on the one hand lament the absence of taxpaying business within the downtown corridor while remaining docile and impotent while businesses are vandalized and destroyed is beyond comprehension to me. This savagery which is now part of our local landscape must end but it will not so long as clueless, inept fools run this town.

Jonathan C. Breault

Oakland

Theater manager right about swords

Regarding the couple being requested to remove their small swords at the movie theater:

The manager was correct in his actions. If a one-inch knife with a tiny blade and one-inch gold-plated scissors, part of a manicure set I was carrying for my ailing brother, were confiscated at the airport screening area because they could be used as weapons, then the manager's actions were justified.

At least they didn't lose their swords.

Yes, they have religious rights. Yet a public movie theater is not the place to demand them. The other moviegoers have rights, also. Some would not enjoy the movie sitting next to a person whose attire included swords, no matter how small.

Religion has to do with the spiritual, which no one would question.

Mary Tovar

Fremont